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Bill Howell wins WCDR Chapbook Challenge

Congratulations to Bill Howell, whose Rubicon chapbook Ghost Test Flights has just been named one of the three winners of this year’s Writers’ Circle of Durham Region (WCDR) Chapbook Challenge. Judges noted the following about Bill’s book:

“The cover image conveys both the whimsy and the peril that the poems are about to take us through. Tough, sturdy diction, rough textures, black humour, and an irresistible cadence throughout this collection made the poems’ experiences come alive. In spite of some unfamiliar seafaring jargon and suggestions of regional east-coast speech, those rhythms and thick, tasty words carried us headlong through any difficulties. Humour yes, but this is also a book that doesn’t flinch at horror. Whether of the things the sea does to crash victims, or of the final fading in memory of a dead friend, Howell looks right at it, unforgetting and unforgettably.”

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